Apprenticeships – are you making the most of the opportunity


In recent years, apprenticeships have experienced a real resurgence. Figures released by the National Apprenticeship Service revealed that applications are increasing by a third, year on year, and it’s fantastic to see that apprenticeships are fast becoming the route of choice for talented individuals.


More and more small businesses, too, are experiencing first-hand how apprenticeships can grow talent, improve efficiencies and add skills to their workforce. Apprentices offer a fresh perspective, can help bridge the skills gap and often lead to a more committed workforce.


Despite this, we’ve found that there are still alarming numbers of employers who are unaware that they can access funding for apprenticeships – and they are missing out on these benefits as a result.


Many business owners do not know the cost of training is covered by the government, or that they could be eligible for an apprenticeship grant of £1,500.


Others don’t realise that the apprenticeship funding available can be used to develop and up-skill their current employees as well as new recruits.


We would urge small business owners to take advantage of these funded work-based training initiatives to both improve their workforce and help meet the growing demand for apprenticeships.


This information was kindly provided by Dan Scott of PHX Training Limited, who deliver Apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors in the North West of England. For more information, please contact Dan on 01539 738795.